Definition of princely in English:



  • 1Relating to a prince.

    ‘the princely states of India’
    • ‘Not many of them know that there were 93 princely States when India became free.’
    • ‘Hereditary descent was accepted throughout the British Isles, but primogeniture was slower to win general acceptance, and all lordships remained vulnerable at the moment of transmission, not least royal and princely ones.’
    • ‘Born in the princely family of Kilimanoor near Thiruvananthapuram, Raja Ravi Varma was closely associated with the ruling house of the State of Travancore from the age of 14.’
    • ‘The Liechtenstein princely treasures represent Europe's greatest surviving royal art collection, after that of the British.’
    • ‘The innumerable nuances and petty snobberies of noble life before 1789 were reproduced and magnified in the princely courts of Turin and then Koblenz.’
    • ‘Conflicting ambitions and personal bickering meanwhile kept princely and noble warlords divided, while their willingness to let the Spaniards ravage frontier provinces sapped any wider support they might have hoped for.’
    • ‘The princely State of Pataudi was established in 1804 by the British when Faiz Talab Khan (who was made the first Nawab) aided them in their battle against the Marathas.’
    • ‘On the other hand since the system of the patronage of the arts had collapsed and foreign rulers were not interested in taking over the responsibility, the role of the princely states became crucial.’
    • ‘As Home Minister between 1947 and 1950, Vallabhbhai Patel integrated the princely states, thus altering the politics and geography of modern India.’
    • ‘Members of the princely families are the first class citizens.’
    • ‘Some of the greatest of the fine arts were produced for princely or noble patrons.’
    • ‘I never went on some crazy adventure, this lumbering failure of a journey not included, I never got to do any distinctly princely duties…’
    • ‘She is the patron goddess of the Maharajas, or princely rulers, of Bikaner, a city 30 km north of Deshnoke that was founded in the 1480s.’
    • ‘Royal and princely courts, each in declared alliance with one of the Christian churches and usually in concert with the aristocracy, played at least as large a part as they ever had in government and in the shaping of culture.’
    • ‘He held his head high and regal, and all of the distinguished princely magnificence was back in his bearing as he marched toward the field.’
    • ‘Of the five small kingdoms or princely states which the author explores in this fascinating Himalayan odyssey, only Nepal and Bhutan are fully independent nations.’
    • ‘In the final scene, the young woman with her sight restored recognizes Charlie, the down-and-out tramp, as the rich and princely hero of her imagination.’
    • ‘The flamboyant court of Burgundy was a spectacular expression of princely prestige and affluence.’
    • ‘These displays soon became celebrated as exemplars of enlightened princely patronage and magnificence.’
    • ‘Just as her advancement of Essex in the early 1590s can be seen partly as a move to create a counterbalance to Burghley, so her promotion of Cecil was intended to dent Essex's political pretensions and remind him of her princely authority.’
    1. 1.1Suitable for a prince; very grand.
      ‘princely accommodation’
      • ‘He explains the origin of this economic achievement in the concentration of big spending consumers in royal and princely capital cities, such as London and Paris.’
      • ‘Benevento, too, with its princely palatium and court, was another place where power was contested between families whose roots lay in many different parts of the southern territory.’
      • ‘It was of gigantic size, it was of princely splendor and the wood carving on the completely gilded outside was so elaborate and varied that the surface seemed to be alive.’
      • ‘Cottier and Company have converted into a place of princely but peaceful splendor.’
      • ‘Since Thanjavur became a British residency in 1885 and the rulers were not granted a privy purse, the palace has nothing of the sweep and dimensions of the other grander princely houses in the country.’
      magnificent, grand, impressive, imposing, splendid, superb, majestic, glorious, striking, spectacular, awe-inspiring, breathtaking
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    2. 1.2(of a sum of money) large or generous (often used ironically)
      ‘he provided a first-class funeral for the princely sum of £2’
      • ‘I am receiving a meagre state pension: the princely sum of 18 pence a week.’
      • ‘Canon McHugh, presented each of us with a half-crown, the equivalent of twenty-five pence in today's currency, which at that time was indeed a princely sum.’
      • ‘Some said if I tried to give them Duck Island, they wouldn't accept it and that the princely sum of $3.00 / acre that I paid for it was far too much.’
      • ‘It was well worth the princely sum I paid for it.’
      • ‘An equally exotic scrambled-egg dish larded with lobster and caviar was notable for the generous portions of lobster, but for the princely sum of $27.50, the eggs were a little runny.’
      • ‘If they are so sublimely oblivious to the daily operations of their firms, why are these modern-day plutocrats paid such princely sums, while the vast majority of employees face stagnating or falling real wages?’
      • ‘It was called Pierre Victoire and for the princely sum of a fiver you could savour a proper French two-course lunch, featuring the likes of homemade pates, rustic casseroles, and basket after basket of delicious bread.’
      • ‘In return, they guaranteed him the princely sum of sixty thousand dollars annually for a minimum of five years - more than $1.85 million in 1989 dollars.’
      • ‘A fellow's salary is no princely sum, and in 1965 foreign holidays were still relatively unusual, so the newlyweds honeymooned in Suffolk for a week.’
      • ‘As a lad, I used also to cycle to the stadium and leave my bike in someone's back yard for the princely sum of one old penny.’
      • ‘In villages such as Butchl Bag, in the parched fields west of Karachi, these workers - paid the princely sum of £14 a month - provide a crucial link between rural populations and hospitals.’
      • ‘So, for the princely sum of 75 pence, I placed an advertisement.’
      • ‘The drivers want £7.00 an hour (they currently earn the princely sum of £6.20 an hour).’
      • ‘This is so because of a loophole that permits U.S. Cubans to send as much as $1, 200 a year (a princely sum in Cuba) to relatives in this country.’
      • ‘We were given the run of a sauna (which had a tea room) and access to a swimming pool for three hours, for the princely sum of $25.’
      • ‘My salary was cut to the princely sum of £15 a week.’
      • ‘At 60 I was given the princely sum of 9 pence per week which has now gone up to 10 pence per week.’
      • ‘I recently made a Pension Credit application for an 83-year-old widow and after numerous telephone calls and a personal interview, she was awarded the princely sum of £2.05.’
      • ‘It started out as an all-right job: My best friend worked there with me, and at that time in my life, $6.75 an hour was a princely sum.’
      • ‘If you think pensions are a bit of a yawn, you might change your mind if you leave it until you are 63 and discover that your pension is worth the princely sum of about £50 per week.’
      huge, enormous, generous, handsome, massive, gigantic, very big, very large, great, giant, colossal, mammoth, vast, immense, tremendous, mighty, stupendous, monumental, prodigious, mountainous, monstrous, substantial
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